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The Board of IPWEA SA is excited about finally being able to hold our Conference and Excellence Awards at the Convention Centre Adelaide on 13 November 2020. After a challenging year globally with the pandemic it will be fantastic to get back to face to face engagement across the industry and with our members. The Conference Theme is “ Public Works in the Circular Economy ” and is such a relevant theme that will provide delegates with insights, ...
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Abel Farrell | Senior Project Lead, Acting Coordinator Project Management Warrnambool City Council Vic Member | 4 Years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I became a member as a professional obligation, mainly for undertaking training courses. What are the benefits for your role/career? I didn’t realise at the time of joining, but the benefits I have enjoyed include; access to training courses and forums that are specific to ...
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​ Our recent Engineers Registration Act webinar raised several queries around the need for people managing engineering staff, projects or information to be registered. Based on Guidelines published by Consumer Affairs Victoria, a professional engineering service must be performed by a registered professional engineer unless the person providing the service is acting under the supervision of a registered engineer or working to a prescriptive ...
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Young IPWEA Inspiring Speakers event hits the mark On Wednesday February 12th, around 30 young engineering professionals turned up at a central wellington bar for YIPWEA's ( Young IPWEA ) inaugural Inspiring Speakers Event for 2020. We were extremely fortunate to secure the likes of Dr Jo Cribb and Hon Min James Shaw, who took time out of their busy work and family schedules to offer advice and inspiration to our YIPWEA members regarding setting ...
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No one wants to think about it, but death is a part of life. Once you’re gone, your family will have to go on without you. The good news is that you can help them deal with the financial side even after your passing. Death is one of the least popular topics of conversation. And it is also among the most unpleasant. It represents the end, after all, and no one likes to think about the end of their life. But there are situations in which one ...
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By David Jenkins The $1.8 billion funding boost for local government road and community projects announced recently is an effective way to accelerate delivery of much-needed infrastructure to regional Australia. Of the three levels of government in Australia, it is local government that is closest to our communities and best-placed to understand local project needs and priorities. However, there remains a balance between building new infrastructure ...
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North and north-west Queensland communities will benefit from more than $10 million to repair, rebuild and reinforce infrastructure damaged by the 2019 monsoon trough. The 12 projects represent the final tranche to be approved through the Australian and Queensland governments’ $134.5 million infrastructure package. A total of 35 councils and two state agencies will share funding to deliver 139 projects that build regional resilience throughout ...
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Free Wi-Fi is now available across the entire Launceston city centre , with locals already making good use of high-speed internet. Delivered under the Launceston City Deal, the project has significantly expanded public access to the city’s free Wi-Fi network. Popular recreation spots like Riverbend Park, the Cataract Gorge and Waverley Lake were among the last areas connected to what is now Tasmania’s largest local government-managed public ...
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Applications for the third round of the NSW Climate Change Fund’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grants are now open. Individual councils and regional groups of councils in NSW can apply for grants of between $30,000 and $120,000 from a pool of $605,000. Collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies, community groups and other organisations is encouraged. Projects can ...
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It’s an alarming statistic: 20 million tonnes of construction materials end up in landfill each year – comprising almost half of Australia’s total waste. But what if there was a way to stop that waste from being produced in the first place? University of South Australia PhD student Gabriela Dias Guimaraes intends to do just that by developing a computer framework that helps designers, architects and engineers to take waste into consideration ...
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By Pablo Guillen (Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney), Miguel Loyola (PhD Candidate, Business School, University of Sydney) and Ursa Komac (Senior Lecturer, Architectural Design and Technology, Western Sydney University) Walking and cycling are in the spotlight given the need to keep fit, get about and keep a social distance from others during the pandemic. We have pop-up cycleways, enlarged footpaths and even ...
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​​​ By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Managing Fleet Performance Performance Measures and their Development Performance management is essential for the ongoing management and improvement of plant and vehicle fleets. In essence, performance management is a cyclical process that requires the identification and understanding of objectives, the collection of relevant data, interpretation of information, decision making and management interventions. ...
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​ By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA FLEET Adopts Virtual Fleet Management Workshop for 2020 We’ve written and talked a lot about the impacts of COVID-19 over recent months, primarily in relation to the effects on plant and vehicle fleet management. But it’s also interesting to think about how we have adapted more generally to the situation we find ourselves in. We’ve experienced social distancing, elbow shakes, facemasks, tele-parties, ...
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​The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Chris Campbell, Fleet/Asset Manager – The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, Darwin, Northern Territory. The businesses operate in Aboriginal Communities throughout the Northern Territory and the Cape / Islands of Far North Queensland. FI : How did you get started in fleet ...
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Tasmania Chain of Responsibility webinar 14 October 2020 IPWEA, in conjunction with logistic risk experts Latus Risk, present a webinar to address your obligations under Chain of Responsibility legislation. Find out more 2020 Online Fleet Management Training 15 October - 17 November 2020 The program outlines the key principles and knowledge involved in procuring and managing plant and vehicles. The 6 units are delivered separately ...
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​​ Our recent Engineers Registration Act Update webinar outlined several documents released for comment by Consumer Affairs Victoria that provide useful explanations of professional engineering services, direct supervision, areas of engineering and prescriptive standards. Draft Regulations and a Code of Conduct are also available for review. The webinar was attended by almost 100 people but if you missed it, a recording is available from www.ipwea.org/victoria/engineers-registration-act ...
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​ Vicki Shelton | Senior Advisor Infrastructure Assets, City of Greater Geelong Vic Member | 12 Years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? To further increase my networks and support the public works community. What are the benefits for your role/career? The overseas study tour in 2008 to American PWX New Orleans really set me on my way to being involved in IPWEA. Serving on the board and attaining the roles of Vice President ...
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By The Electric Vehicle Council The Electric Vehicle Council has launched the State of Electric Vehicles 2020 report, which provides an annual snapshot of the electric vehicle landscape in Australia. The key findings are as follows: Sales accelerated rapidly: In 2019, 6,718 electric vehicles were sold, up 200% from 2,216 in 2018. In the first half of 2020, sales remained steady with 3,226 electric vehicles sold. Shifting consumer sentiment: ...
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​ Just when you think we finally have service scheduling nailed down By: Anonymous Fleet Manager After many years of refining, modifying and justifying service intervals and regimes those Europeans come up with technology that now has the truck telling us when it needs to be serviced. So, how do we determine service intervals for something that has none?  As we all go through a defined process – when birthing a new asset that includes ...
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Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan - Craig Hoey, Manager Road Safety Branch, Department of State Growth Craig presented an update on the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy and funding opportunities for local government as part of the Safer Rural Roads Program.  Grant funding submissions will be opening towards the end of the year with a draft target of October 2020.  Further advice will be provided to councils on the program when the ...
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